Odette slipped silently into the shadows near the wall of the building from where she had just escaped. Moving cautiously, with as little noise as possible, she soon found herself at the edge of the city where the jungle held complete sway.
As she crept into the jungle, her ears caught a new commotion behind her. Evidently, whatever Gor-ne had been expecting had finally arrived. Wild screams and yells broke out behind her, and it sounded like a little war within the city.
Wanting to put as much distance between her and the ancient city as possible, Odette increased her pace to a run. No longer in concealment, and making quite a bit of noise as she ran, the girl revealed her whereabouts to anyone who might be watching.
Unfortunately for Odette, there was a guard in the tree she passed. A flying birdman, posted there earlier, spotted the escaping girl as she broke from cover.
The birdman dropped from his high perch, emitting the ferocious Dragoon’s battle scream.
Odette heard the fierce scream, and looked back to see the birdman swooping down almost upon her, sharp talons reaching out.
She turned with a scream forming on her lips—to be left there, frozen in her throat, before she could utter the terror within her heart.
For leaping with great bounds, jaws extended, was a huge, gray wolf!
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